Sherry West, 41, of Brunswick, Georgia, was pushing her year old son Antonio in his stroller down the sidewalk. She was approached by two black teenagers,
, one of which was armed with a gun and demanded her money. West told the teens that she had no money, so the teen with the gun told her that if she didn’t hand over her money, he would shoot her baby in the head. She said she thought the gun was fake and again insisted she had no money, the teen turned, and shot Antonio in the head. In the ensuing melee, Sherry was shot once in the leg and another bullet grazed her ear.
A passerby called 9-1-1 as Sherry pulled her son out of the stroller and tried to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save his young life, but her efforts were in vain. Police offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. They received leads through various hotlines and phone calls. Following up on those leads, they arrested 17 year old Demarquis Elkins and an unnamed 14 year old. Elkins can be tried as an adult under Georgia law.
Sherry says the motive was robbery, yet many people have been asking why something like this could happen. What would cause teenagers to commit such a horrendous act of shooting a year old boy in the head? In all of the reports I’ve read, no one has been able to offer up any reason for the actions and that only shows just how far from God and the Bible our nation has strayed.
In Genesis 3, we read where Adam chose to disobey God, committing the first sin in history. That sin brought suffering, disease and death into the world (Rom. 8:22). Adams sin corrupted all of creation including his own offspring. In Genesis 4 we read where Adam and Eve’s first born son was jealous of his younger brother Abel and ended up killing him, the first murder. In Genesis 6:5, we read:
“The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Since we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, we all are born sinners with wicked hearts and thoughts. Our sinful nature and wicked hearts are what leads to us committing such violent and obscene acts like shooting an infant in the head or gunning down a classroom of kids. It’s what leads to stealing, lying, cheating, lusting, sexual perversion, homosexuality, pornography and war.
It’s not God’s fault, it’s man’s fault. We’re filthy sinners, blackened by the vileness of our thoughts and deeds. As such, our only guarantee in life is to spend eternity in Hell because of our sins. According to Scripture, just one sin in a lifetime is enough to separate us from God in this life and throughout eternity. No one is capable of living a perfect sinless life, meaning that every person in history is condemned to Hell.